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Rebecca Abraham Design

I have had a personal experience with design/build on my own home. While I found their service was impeccable, their overhead was at a premium. The firm I used has always been known as high end. You (usually) get what you pay for. I would always suggest doing your homework on ANYONE you are hiring. I have worked with many contractors and know that there are contractors and there are contractors, as there are design/build companies all over the map as well. Design/build does not necessarily insure quality, savings or reliability. True that you may be getting one stop shopping, I also know that you cannot get other bids when using a design/build firm. They typically "own" the design that they have provided and that you have paid for. How does one know if the price of the construction is competitive? Do your homework!

   
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LampsUSA

Great guide and points to consider.

   
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Nancy
Being able to build a home, we chose to work with a design build firm and we are so happy we did! This builder follows our ideabooks on HOUZZ and works with all the images and suggestions we have added.
Your article touched on every issue we have experienced when we decided to use Aubuchon Homes. All the team members work so well together, from the Architect who is so in tune with our vision, to the physical project manager, the materials selection designer, the permitting director and the budget manager.
We are ready to break ground and had to remove an older house for the new build. We are not stressed and more confident about our selections with all the guidance and support we’ve been given. So far, this has been an exciting and wonderful experience. We totally agree with using a design build firm. Thanks for the great article!
   

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